Criminal Psychology Level 3

Our course code: X350

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Are you intrigued as to why people commit crimes? Do you ever wonder what they’re thinking or what their intentions are? Perhaps you’re someone who’d be great at assessing the thoughts of criminals to help the police and courts solve crimes. Maybe you’re thinking bigger and want to help offenders by making positive changes to their thoughts and behaviour. If this soundslike you, then our Criminal Psychology Level 3 is an ideal first step. We’ll explain the psychology behind crimes committed, as well as how to detect and prevent them.

The role of a criminal psychologist has become a popular career choice in recent years. This area of psychology observes the criminal’s mind for intentions, thoughts and peculiar behaviour. You’ll look at why offenders commit crimes, which enables you to better support law enforcement in areas such as profiling. Rehabilitation of offenders is a vital duty in the prevention of future crimes.

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Our level 3 in criminal psychology is an ideal course for work purposes or simply for personal interest. It complements a breadth of careers and is relevant for solicitors, law enforcement, security workers, prison workers, teachers and trainers. For CSI and Criminal Minds enthusiasts, you’ll discover the real side of criminal psychology, everything but the fiction on TV.


On our Criminal Psychology Level 3 course you will:

  • Discuss biological and psychoanalytical theories of criminal behaviour
  • Explain factors that can improve eye witness testimony
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of jury decision making
  • Recognise a range of methods aimed at preventing crime
  • Explore myths and the impact they have victims
  • Analyse studies investigating the media impact on crime

An increasingly popular career choice, you’ll learn about the psychology of crime, its detection and prevention.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Theories of Criminal Behaviour
  • Explain the biological theory of criminal behaviour
  • Discuss the psychoanalytical theory of criminal behaviour
  • Explain social learning theories in relation to criminal behaviour
  • Describe social factors and family influences on criminal behaviour
2: Witnesses
  • Discuss the accuracy of eye witness testimony
  • Explain factors that can improve eye witness testimony
  • Describe ear witness testimony
  • Discuss the factors that affect children as witnesses
3: Jury Decision Making
  • Discuss factors affecting jury decision making
  • Explain how juries make their decision
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of jury decision making
4: Media Impact on Crime
  • Describe factors that increase media influenced violence
  • Discuss the effects of violent video games
  • Discuss the effects of pornography
  • Analyse studies investigating the media impact on crime
5: Interpersonal Violence
  • Discuss theories of rape
  • Explain rape myths and the impact these have on levels of rape
  • Discuss the psychological causes and impact of domestic violence
  • Discuss the psychological causes and impact of child abuse
6: Impact of Crime
  • Discuss the psychological impact of becoming a victim of crime
  • Discuss a range of methods aimed at preventing crime
  • Explain approaches to treating offenders
  • Discuss the effectiveness of risk assessments

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!